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Re: is xdvi broken?




rlharris@xxxxxxxxxx wrote: 
> my desktop system:  amd64, Debian 9, xfce, Emacs 24, TeXLive, xdvi
> 
> While using xdvi to view a LaTeX document being written with Emacs, the
> display keeps jumping from the Emacs window to the xdvi window.
> 
> The behaviour persists even after the xdvi window is closed; while in Emacs
> I suddenly am looking at the document in the xdvi window.
> 
> Several xfce launchers (synaptic and midnight commander) never have worked,
> but others work properly.
> 
> Once or twice a week it seems that the desktop is not working quite right
> with the workspace switcher, but I have not been able to discern a pattern.
> When I restart the computer, things appear to work properly again.
> 
> Is xdvi broken?  Or can it be that there is a failure in the  motherboard or
> the memory of this system?  Or can the hard drive be the culprit?  The
> hardware is more than five years old, but the computer is the newest machine
> I have.

I would be looking at the keyboard. Is it possible that you have
some stickiness in your bottom row modifiers? Unintentional
presses and slow releases can cause symptoms like you have
described.

-dsr-